I Audio Tourism at l’ivo Bar (‘Iuh 9pm 3am. Free. Weekly. A serious alternative to conventional nigltt clubbing witlt chunky. funky house tracks.
I Audio at Berlin Bierltaus.
l().3()pm 3am. Free before I lpm: £5 after. 34 Jul. Smooth. soulful ltottse from Audio Deluxe's ntain man aitd special guests ntixing tip ‘free style body inusic’. I Beatsville at the Tron. 9pm lam. £3. 34 Jul. Launch for tltis new soul jazz. surf and early R&B (aitd we're certainly not talking [he likes of l'sltel' here. lttlksl itigltt. And to mark the occasion they ltave ltot rocking surf quartet l’reston l’fan/ d; the Seaton Sands.
I breakitdown at Honeycomb. l().3()pm-3am. £7 £|(l (£5 in advance). 3l Jtil. Monthly. l'nderwater stalwarts Mtttiny (Dylan Barnes and Rob Davy) ntix tip the sotiitds dropping reggae beats and jan llourishes to their multi-genre approach to dance. (‘heck breakitdown.co.uk for ticket deals. iitfo aitd itews.
GAY JOY Venue, Edinburgh, Sat 31 Jul
I Diggin’ Deeper at Nichol lidwards. l()pm 3am. £5 (£4 members). 3| Jul. Monthly. Tlte Digl)eep Allstars rock the party witlt their eclectic brew of funk. hip hop. reggae. beats. movies aitd more. l-‘estival Launch Party with tistial eclectic brew (tl' beats and pieces including live sets from the Masters of 'l'ruemanship and ()rpltan alongside Dr Awkward’s chill-out cinema.
I Diggity at the listablisltment.
l(lpnt 3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. DJ l-‘ab. llai'ry 3D. Rico aitd MC lilow get down with their bad selves. playing wildstyle Rtﬁli. hip hop and street soul.
000 This Do That at Honeycomb. l(lpiit 3am. £13. 34 Jul. Monthly. .\'ice to see this club back again. plotigltiitg a deliberately underground vibe wltile still attracting the best guests iit town (and award nominations) along the way. And this is no exception w itlt the truly phenomenal DJ Sneak making the perfect relaunch gttest. Sm- pn't'ieit:
I The Egg at Wee Red Bar.
llpm 3am. £4.50 (£3.50). Weekly. Still the best ittix of indie. ()lls garage. northern sotil. ska. 7(ls punk aitd new
‘Joy is a club for gay people and their straight friends,’ says promoter Maggie Joy. ‘That’s what we’ve always referred to it as. But that basically means anyone with the right attitude is welcome. I think that’s why we’ve lasted so long; we’d rather have 400 people in and turn half that away again to make sure everyone has a fun, hassle-free night.’
Joy has indeed lasted - 11 years and counting - but it so nearly wasn’t the way. The first launch night at the old Calton Studios didn’t go so well for Maggie and partner Alan Joy (that’s business partner, for those trying to perpetuate the old myth that they’re married) with only 50 people turning up. At the time involved in the Blue Moon Cafe and its infamous parties, the pair decided to try one more time. The result? A good 600 bodies through
‘The gay scene is constantly evolving,’ explains Maggie. ‘And I think we’ve managed to stay successful by getting out there and seeing what’s happening and paying attention to what people want.’ What that means for this 11th birthday bonanza is sets by local regular Trendy Wendy and guest DJ Queen Maxine. ‘Maxine’s an old friend of ours,’ says Maggie. ‘I first played with her in the old Scottish Parliament in 1995. When we got her back to Joy, 1200 people came, which was a record even for the Calton Studios. Maxine was blown away, I always remember her telling me it was like 3 Take That concert.’ (David Pollock)
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wave you‘re likely to stagger across. A well loved institution that refuses to change.
I El Barrio at lil Barrio. l()pm 3am. Free. Weekly. See Thu.
0 Fever at ligo. l lpitt 3am. £l() (Free to Taste mentbers before I l.l5pin; £8 for ntentbers alter). 34 Jul. The folk at Taste (lidinburgh's original and longest running weekly gay-friendly night) launch a new monthly venture. takiitg over a Sat night for those who really do have to work on Mon. Taste mainstays liisher & Price and Martin Valentine
joined by special guest l’aul lleron
((‘rash) take care of the mainlloor while the Visitor and Kauptiss take ait anything goes attitude iii the ('octeati lounge. l’re- club party at Planet ()tit from 9pm.
I Flaunt at Massa. l lpnt 3am.
£(t £10. 31 Jul. Moneypenny‘s present this night of timeless cltib classics that made house music what it is today. With Tommy (iallo. Marco Sittith and Joit lidwards.
I Funkysensual at Po .\'u Na.
(lpm 3am. l‘ree before I lpm; £5 alter. Weekly. llot ntix of sexy. funky house music front Mark B.
I Give it Some! at the Bongo (‘Iub.
l lpiit 3am. £3 before midnight: £5 alter. 3| Jul. l‘unk. soul. ja/I. rare groove aitd maybe a tiny bit of reggae and ()(JS beat thrown iit for good measure all courtesy of DJRedb (Livesciences l.
I Joy at the Venue. l lpiit 3am. £tbc. 3l Jul. l‘p-front. dirty house grooves on the main floor front Alan & Maggie Joy aitd Brett King to work you tip iitto a lather on the main floor. l’ltis Trendy Wendy aitd Sally [5’s cheeky ntix of soul. funk and chart in the downstairs suite and Queen Maxine joins them for this
I ltlt birthday party. .\'ote that Joy is a club for gay people and their friends.
I Kiss Kiss Bang Bang at Massa. l().3()pm 3am. £5 before midnight; £8 after. 34 Jul. l’resh. new fortnightly Sat party for bold and beautiful girls and boys hitting the target with a blend of glorious vocal house and funky disco beats.
I Luvely at the Liquid Room.
l(lpitt 3am. £|(l (£8 members). 34 Jul. Monthly. .-\ saucy soiree. geared towards a gay/mixed crowd aitd featuring a music policy of full-on. driving house front residents Tommy K. (W. Newton 8; Stone and Jared. The theme this month is Topless’n‘Tartan. How far will you dare to take it'.’
Q Messenger Sound System at the Bongo ('ltib. llpitt 3am. £7. 34 Jul. l'tti'lttighlly. Bass ol‘ bowel-shilling proportions as the mighty Messenger Sound System blasts otit the best iii righteous roots and dtib reggae. Ras 'l'afari birthday session with M(‘ Burning Btislt.
I Mission Jnr at Studio 24. 7 l()pm. £5. Weekly. (ioth. rock. punk aitd. of course. all that nu metal sttiff that the kids crave so much. So if you ever wondered where all those black clad youths front the top of ('ockbtirn Street went after dark look no further. The best aitd original under |8s metal gathering iit town.
I Mission at Studio 34. l lpm 3am. £5 (£4 members). Weekly. Night of metal mayhem. goth rock and more from the dark side a real lidiitbttrgh institution. Still with a loyal fanbase and an open door policy for anyone with a love of rock and metal. Things are certainly afoot down Mission way as their new top ﬂoor policy kicks iitto gear with the (iotlt Floor (34 Jul) followed by Void who specialise iit the more extreme ends of metal. Will llaven. Brutal Truth. (‘arcass. (iod l‘leslt. that kinda tltiitg (3| Jul).
I Nuklear Puppy at ligo. Next date 7 Aug.
I Opal Lounge at ()pal Lounge. l()pitt 3am. £5. Weekly. Dave Sltedden with his mix of disco and funky house tracks.
I Progression at the Liquid Room. l().3()pm 3am. £5. 3] Jul. Monthly.
Derek Martin. (iav (irant aitd Alan Dobson ltost a residents special of tribal tunes. With pre-club session at (‘ity (‘afe front 8pm.
I Sophistifunk at City: lidinbtirgh. l().3()pm 3am. £8. Weekly. Resident DJ John llutchison plays funked tip R&B remixes aitd house ttiites to a beautiful crowd.
I Stereotype at Berlin Bierhaus. l().3()pm 3am. £6 before midnight: £8 after. 3! Jul. Monthly. llttggy Burger Queen returns iii his new guise at Stereotype. bringing home the best house around. This month joined by (‘olours mainman Jon Mancini playing side by side for fotir hours creating new remixes. twisted loops aitd l’X on the spot.
I Super Saturday at the Venue. l().3()pm 3am. £5 before midnight; £7 after. 34 Jul. Monthly. Another newie for the Venue with three lloors of mashed-up sounds front funky house via R&B to ftill on trance with a massive DJ roster iit the shape of Kev Wrigltt. Pagan. (iary Mac 8; Beany. Wreckage. Oh and l‘rosty J.
I Tease Age at ('iirus (‘lub.
l lpm 3am. l‘ree before l 1.30pm; £5. Weekly. This indie stalwart dishes tip everything from swinging (30s ltits to baggy Manchester faves as well as a ltost of current NMI-j chart botherers.
I 2Hot at ligo. 6.45 9.45pm. £5. Weekly. New under 18s night of hip hop aitd urban R&B (lavas with Richie Ruftone. DJ Dizzle. Jay. Sonny. JCI. aitd limcee l’rolisec (strict age restriction of l3 I7).
I Ultragroove at (‘ahztret Voltaire.
l lpitt 3am. £8 (£6). 3| Jul. Iidinburgh's peerless real house party serves tip tracky grooves. sotilful vocals aitd tribal tunes front resident (iareth Sontmerville joined by Mash. Bob (‘airns aitd Scott Rapsoit. I Vain at Teviot Row Union. 9pm 3am. £4 (£3). 34 Jul. Techno. goth. industrial. 8(ls aitd new romantic tunes. So that'll be cheery then.
I VEGAS! at ligo. l()pitt 3am. £|(l (£7 if ‘fabulously dressed‘). 3l Jul. Monthly. llep daddy swing. country classics and sleazy listening with your high-kicking hosts: l-‘rankie Sumatra. Bugsy Seagull. Dino Martini and the stunning Vegas showgirls. And do try to make art effort with the dress code. eh‘.’
I Velvet at (‘omntplex. Next date 7 Aug.
I <any excuse> at Prive (‘ouncil l(lpnt 3am. l‘ree. Weekly. Back 3 Mine- sty'le sets front a selection of lidinburgh favourites. Funky. chilled. uplifting vibes. Plus the <any excuse> promoters are also offering a free ‘pltone iit sick to work service' oit Moit (jtist ask tlte DJ). not surprising when all drinks are £ l.
I Audio Tourism at l’ivo Bar (‘ltilt 0pm 3am. l-‘ree. Weekly. (‘olours resident (iav Houston plays out a selection of chilled and groovy beats.
I BootyLUSHous at Medina.
l()pitt 3am. £3 before midnight: £3 after. Weekly. More of a Sunday Social than a full oit glam affair with DJ Dale Lush. Sintntone Black aitd occasional guest supasta‘s mixing tip R&B. hip ltop. soul and ftiitk.
I Chocolate Sundae at l-‘aith.
l lpitt 3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. The R&B aitd hip ltop Stiit session returns with DJ Paul ‘l’oxy" l‘ox back iit cltarge.
I Cosmic! at the (‘ellar Bar.
l()pitt 3am. £3. Weekly. DJ Tom ()ke plays funky lirenclt house with a tottclt of 80s kitsch. Though it does come with a ‘strictly for dancers' warning.
I DKY at Studio 34. l lpitt 3am.
£l.5(l £3. Weekly. DKY strides confidently into its tltird year with resident DJs Jordi. (iareth and Dave playing rock. goth. metal. industrial and punk. Theme nights aitd free gifts combine to keep things interesting. week iit. week otit.